Live, accurate and detailed

Our data collection operation spans the globe and is undertaken by teams of local expert analysts.

4 - Four of Liverpool's five Premier League defeats this season have come against teams who started the day in the… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 9 hours ago

12 - Philippe Coutinho has scored his first goal in 12 games in all competitions for Liverpool. Hopeful. 9 hours ago

5 - Jamie Vardy has scored 5 Premier League goals vs Liverpool; more than any Leicester player has vs another team in the competition. Ace. 9 hours ago

2 - The only time a reigning PL champion has lost a game having been 2+ goals ahead at HT was Arsenal v Aston Villa in Dec 1998. Combat. 10 hours ago

5 - Leicester are the only side with a 100% winning record when scoring first in PL games this season (5/5 before tonight). Element. 10 hours ago

637 - Jamie Vardy's goal was Leicester City's first in the Premier League in 2017, after a run of 637 minutes without one. Back. 10 hours ago

8 – Liverpool have won more away games against reigning Premier League champions than any other side. Blight. https://t.co/1sxKFF77Hz 11 hours ago

3 - Leicester City's last three Premier League goals against Liverpool have all been scored by Jamie Vardy. Canny. https://t.co/wpv0N7dpJL 12 hours ago

11 - Of the 26 goals Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored for @ManUtd this term, 11 of them have come in the 75th minute o… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 19 hours ago

Check out Goal's Premier League Team of the Week, powered by Opta data! bit.ly/2lL9kKn https://t.co/uHJSMmasie 23 hours ago

The data collection process

A network of global collection centres

Our data is collected in specialist data collections centres across the world.

We believe that it is a unique combination of cutting-edge collection technology and passionate, skilled experts that make our data the most impressive available anywhere.

Combined with an in-stadia data collection operation for some sports, we use propietary software that allows for deep, quick and accurate collection.

Consistent proprietary methodology

Opta is the only sports data business that collects and distributes full, time-stamped, contextual data live, featuring complete x/y co-ordinates (as well as z co-ordinates where applicable, such as shots in football), and a granularity of event type unique amongst data providers.  

An obsession with accuracy

In football alone our data collection methods allow us to collect between 1,600 and 2,000 individual actions from every game.  This is all collected and delivered live.  Three expert analysts will cover each match, one collecting all of the home team actions, one the away team and a third analyst checking the data for consistency and adding additional layers of data.

There will also be a full post-match check in the 48 hours following the match to ensure that the databases are as accurate as possible.

Our analysts in action

Our expert analysts collect live data.

Our data is rigourously checked to ensure accuracy. 

Our live, proprietary data collection software promotes consistancy and accuracy.